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Drinks Cabinet: Serve up these aces during Wimbledon

By Sam Wylie-Harris

Published 20/06/2015

Bolney Estate Pinot Gris, £16.99
Bolney Estate Pinot Gris, £16.99
Lanson Black Label Brut, £33.99

The Wimbledon Championships (June 29 to July 12) may be the highlight of the summer sports calendar, but you don't need a courtside ticket to drink in the atmosphere.

Familiar brands, who have partnered with the tournament, have launched an array of tennis-inspired bottles, while other quintessentially British drinks joining the ranks have some speciality serves that are widely available.

One of the sponsors has even created a 'wine and snack match' for tennis-themed parties so you can swing into action before the world's finest players battle it out on Centre Court.

Here are some favourites to help you serve an ace...

A grand slam treat, Lanson will be adding some extra sparkle to the Championships with their 'Wimbledon Tennis Ball' neoprene ice jacket collection: The official champagne supplier, Lanson Black Label Brut NV, France (£33.99, supermarkets) is dressed in yellow; and Lanson Rose Label Brut NV, France (£37.99, supermarkets) sports pink. The sound of corks popping is usually drowned out by the crowds after a long set, but these double partners are sure to rally friends for a glass of bubbly.

For a well-judged wine and snack partnership, Jacob's Creek, which is the official wine of Wimbledon, has created a Wimbledon-themed wine wheel with popular snacks to enjoy with their wines. After extensive tastings, results showed Jacob's Creek Classic Chardonnay, South Eastern Australia (£8.09, supermarkets) pairs best with toasted pitta bread and hummus. It complements the nutty nature of chickpeas with its fruity peach and melon flavours and subtle hint of oak.

Meanwhile, hot favourites such as a margherita pizza taste delicious with a glass of Jacob's Creek Classic Shiraz, South Eastern Australia (£8.09, supermarkets), which has the weight and energy to match the tangy tomato sauce and salty cheese with its spicy, plummy fruits and crack of black pepper on the finish.

Otherwise, if you're feeling patriotic and hoping for a victory, English wine producers Bolney Estate are making their debut at Wimbledon with The Bolney Estate Pinot Gris 2014, England (£16.99, bolneywineestate.com), which will be served in hospitality suites for the first time. Dry, fresh and aromatic, the rose and pear-scented nose leads to faintly honeyed fruit flavours with traces of white blossom on the silky finish. Quite charming.

Displaying a more savoury profile and remarkably refreshing in the great outdoors, you don't need to be a sherry aficionado to appreciate the invigorating taste of Tio Pepe Fino Sherry (£9, 75cl, sainsburys.co.uk) when it's mixed with the refreshing blend of lemonade, mint and lemon slices.

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